During the hearing of the Kunan Poshpora mass rape and torture case, the Additional Advocate General Riyaz Khan Monday informed the Division Bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court that all proceedings of the case have been stayed by the Supreme Court of India in an exparte order on Monday.
“Effectively this means, investigation and the other issues in the ongoing writ petition in the High Court on the Kunan Poshpora matter are now seized of by the Supreme Court,” said a coalition of civil society statement.
This is for the first time, that the Kunan Poshpora matter was heard by the Supreme Court. Earlier the Single Bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had stayed the investigations on Kunan Poshpora matter on the petition filed by the Indian army and now on the petition filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Government the Supreme Court too has stayed the investigation and the proceedings. On the next hearing the Counsel for survivors will appear in the Supreme Court and present the necessary arguments.
Amongst the very few cases which have so far gone to Supreme Court of India, this is one of the most high profile cases.
It is significant that the Jammu and Kashmir government has opposed the Kunan Poshpora case in the Supreme Court at a time when Mufti Mohammad Sayed is the Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir.
“This is a very big example of how pro-people and sensitive the present government is towards the human rights and the issues of justice of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement said adding “The present People’s Democratic Party led government is sustaining the efforts of the previous governments led by National Conference, Congress or the Governor’s rule where in the only effort has been to inflict injustice on people and provide impunity to soldiers.”